These tablets have a built-in IR blaster, turning them into remotes.
On Monday Samsung Electronics America introduced three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 family: the 7.0, the 8.0 and the 10.1 measuring 7 inches, 8 inches and 10.1 inches respectively. They will be made available here in the States beginning July 7 costing $199, $299 and $399, priced according to size, with pre-orders starting on Tuesday.
"Samsung’s industry-leading smartphones, Note devices and tablets address consumers’ diverse demands and personal preferences," said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business at Samsung Telecommunications America. "The Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio offers consumers more options for tablets that serve as their ultimate smartphone companion, the center of home and on-the-go use, and mobile devices packed with content and services."
Samsung said the Galaxy Tab 7.0 is aimed at consumers who are in the market to purchase a portable tablet with all the features and reliability they need to stay connected. The 8 inch model is thin, lightweight, feature-packed and powerful, making it the ideal portable tablet for on-the-go performance. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 offers a larger HD screen optimized for entertainment.
"The latest Galaxy Tab family is also SAFE (Samsung for Enterprise), allowing users to work and play with confidence that their photos, emails and contacts are protected," the company said. "The portfolio also includes expandable memory up to 64GB through a microSD card."
The new tablets will be offered in two options: White and a unique Gold Brown. They will also have a built-in IR blaster, turning them into a convenient universal remote. They will also have access to Samsung's WatchON service which recommends TV shows and on-demand content.
The 7 inch model will feature a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for even more storage, a 1024 x 600 resolution and Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". The 8 inch model bumps up the screen resolution to 1280 x 800, and will include an Exynos 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC, Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean", a 5MP camera on the back (720p video capture), 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and 1.5 GB of RAM.
"New for the Galaxy Tab family of devices is Samsung’s Multi-Window functionality," the company said. "Following the popularity of the feature on Note devices, Multi-Window comes to the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Offering true PC-like multi-tasking, consumers can use two apps side-by-side, with support up to 20 applications, including Polaris Office, Google Chrome and Facebook."
As for the 10.1 inch model, the tablet will have Intel's Atom Z2560 1.6 GHz dual-core SoC, a 1280 x 800 resolution, a 5MP camera on the back (720p video capture), 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and only 1 GB of RAM (go figure).
The three new Galaxy Tab 3 tablets will be available for purchase from major retailers nationwide on July 7 with pre-sales beginning June 25.